More like Fifty Shades of Green! Universal's sexy thriller Fifty Shades of Grey kept audiences tied to their theater chairs with a dominating performance in its first week at the box office this holiday weekend. Through Sunday, the movie spanked the competition with a haul of $81.7 million dollars, according to Box Office Mojo.
The number puts it just behind the biggest February opening, which belongs to 2004's Passion of the Christ. Not surprisingly, women flocked to Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the E.L. James novel, with 68 percent of the audience made up of ladies and the other 32 percent likely made up of boyfriends making a Valentine's Day sacrifice.
Second for the weekend was Kingsman: The Secret Service, which hauled in an impressive $35.6 million take. That knocked last week's box-office champ The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water down to third, with $30.5 million, for a two-week total of $93.7 million.
In fourth was American Sniper with an impressive $16.4 million in its eighth week in release, bringing its cume to over $300 million. Sci-fi flop Jupiter Ascending finished fifth with a disappointing $9.4 million.
The fantasy film Seventh Son finished sixth (maybe next week it will finish seventh for maximum pun opportunities) with just over $4.15 million, followed by Paddington, which bear-ly finished in seventh with an even $4.15 million.
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